on thursday my colleagues were asking who wanted to order our company softball jerseys and i asked them to count me in - we had to pick size, number and a name for the back. since my favorite number #10 was already chosen, i went with #55 for my man hideki matsui (he will always be a yankee to me!) and went to put "Page" for the last name on the back... then my colleague reminded me that "Page" will no longer be my last name by then... ahh! this is crazy! i realized i needed to use my new last name for the jerseys, and although "Fitzgerald" was too long for the back, "Fitz" has a fun ring to it...
there are many women on my side of the family who have chosen not to change their last names. i contemplated this idea for about 30 seconds and decided to take Pat's last name - but it will still take some getting used to: learning a new signature, changing all of my credit cards/IDs, and hearing "jacin fitzgerald" instead of what i've heard all my life, "jacin page". but in the long run i don't want to put my kids through a hyphen, and have people confused about who's last name is what, and i will be proud to be a Fitzgerald. and besides, Page can still keep a place in my name as a second middle name :)
what is everyone else doing? changing it or not?